Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - SEP 20, 2004
Batch 60, poured dark brown with a HUGE head, very caramel, chocolate, coffee, sugar, woody, taste. a nice aftertaste, felt it up into my nose. nice brew. steview (1037) - Petaluma, California, USA - SEP 18, 2004
duvel tulip glass / batch 55, 12 oz: sweet, tart nose. pours brown, nearly like syrup, and it looks like some grains are left in there. a thick and tight head lingers and leaves
crystalline lacing, which is all displayed above an opaque dark brown body. flavors are sugary and sweet; cherry, gooey pie crust, then it is a bit saltier as it warms. and as it warms, the lacing wets itself and says goodbye. it’s salty like an olive, but it’s not powerful. being a bit of a hophead, i’m looking for some outstanding bittering, but i don’t think it belongs here anyway. the mouthfeel is full and nothing more. this beer is
good and nothing more? egh, it's great enough for me... wooh - an interesting burp for a dirty champagne?
i mean that in a good way. it has an interesting zip that reminds me of the
affect louisiana had on rice. overall, i wish it was smmmoked. i had
some smoked gouda before my final swigs and -- you know -- it deserves
to be a smoked! ahh, delicious after some smoked cheese... (thank you
sender! i greatly appreciate what you did!) definitely a rich dessert beer! i need to have another, of a different batch, all the batches... at different times of the year... OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - SEP 14, 2004
Batch #59, 12 oz bottle. Mahogany brown colour with a creamy and frothy off-white head. Chocolate, toffee, molasses, slight alcohol, raisin, plum, and light yeast aroma. Toffee, dark bread, rum, brown sugar, raisin, and plum flavours with a long roasty, coffee, and alcohol bitter finish. Full bodied, creamy, rich, and smooth. Almost like an Imperial Stout made with a combination of Belgian Trappist and Bavarian lager yeasts to give it some Abt and Doppelbock characteristics. Very interesting and very tasty. Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - SEP 11, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2004 Batch 58 - OOOOOHHHHHHHHHH Yeah. I’m thinking world class beer after the first sip. Man, this stuff is good. Color is a very dark brown with a very slight bit of rust. Nice creamy white head on top that stays for the long haul. Aroma is a lot of raisins, a lot of caramel, and a little bit of chocolate. Palate wraps around the tongue and the roof of my mouth and settles towards the back of the tongue with a nice cocoa feel. Mostly creamy feel with a slight bit of fizziness and chalkiness on the back of the tongue. Taste is caramel, date, raisin, chocolate, some smokey wood, and a little bit of orange and cherry. Slight sourness in the finish. Very, very complex. This kind of beer turns me on. If it were a woman, I would be banging her all night. Awesome beer.
Batch 57: I haven't had this side by side with batch 58, but they taste very similar. This stuff is just awesome. This time I smell chocolate, caramel, prunes, cherry and alcahol. The head is awesome. Give a swirl and it fluffs up nicely. Mouthfeel is creamy. Chocolate, caramel, and just a hint of smoke and wood hit right away on the front of the tongue, then hops and a bit of sourness settle on the back. A nice tingly feeling lingers for a while. I'm in love. DocLock (10836) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 10, 2004
Batch #61, from Half Time in Poughkeepsie, NY. Pours dark ruby, with a huge, tan head. Aroma of malt, hops, cognac, dark fruit, cabernet. Wonderfully complex aroma. Tastes very complex, with hints of dark fruit, hops, roastiness, smoked sausage, and cognac. The palate was medium to heavy, firm, and bold. Very well balanced, extremely complex, and excellent overall. This one was 2 parts strong rauchbier, 1 part dubbel, 1 part barleywine, and 1 part strong porter....a true melting pot of beers, as such. I had this one sober, after the Rocheforte 10 and a handful of oyster crackers, and this one bent over the Rocheforte 10 and shoved it up the Rocheforte’s ass! (I felt like such a voyeur!). As it warmed, even more rauchiness and complexity emerged. The forums state that HODs head brewer is a hippie...if so, then you might as well call me a hippie too, punks.
Frank (4220) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 7, 2004
Traditional ale? This looks and tastes pretty much like an imperial stout to me. Pours that almost black brown that imperial stouts are with a big creamy off-white head that leaves some nice sheets of lace behind. Nose is aggressively roasty. Body is thick and rich though maybe a hair of the dog low on carbonation. There’s quite a bit of interplay between dark malty and roasty flavors with notes of raisin, molasses, cask wood, charcoal, citrus, pine and just about everyother beer flavor I've ever tasted but it’s all topped off by a slight medicinal bitterness that’s augmented by some fiery alcohol in the finish. I can dig it now but this would be top notch if some of the problems in the finish were ironed out. Some aging might help but I’m not in the position to do that at the moment. Either way, this is an extremely and almost excessively complex imperial-stout-like beer so high marks for that. 5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - SEP 2, 2004
Bottle (Batch 60) pours dark brown, almost black, large bits of sediment, medium foamy tannish head, with fairly sticky lacing. Heavily roasted malts, coffee, charred wood, and some dark chocolate on the nose. Forwardly smokey, with a robust hoppiness. While the smoked hopped up joyness is most prevalent, I get some roasted malts, soy, and even a slight hint of chocolate. Great body, fairly creamy mouthfeel. This is definitely a sipping beer. Complex, lots of stuff there to catch. The hoppiness would probably mellow with age. Finishes smokey, slight hop bite, alcohol (albeit minor), some mint (oddly enough), caramelized sugar (almost burnt), and the ever present charred wood. Slight licorice in the aftertaste.   Very interesting this is! Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 29, 2004
Color is a dark mahogany, with a full, thick, sturdy, creamy head. Aroma is nutty, creamy, and sweet. Palate? Unparalleled!!! Marvelous, magnificent, with layers upon layers of malt. Hops give a cameo, not much screen time at all. So strong, so full of flavors, it’s hard to know where to begin! Where, oh, where to start, where, oh, where to stop? A toffeeish flavor comes through on the palate, but before long everything is overtaken by smoke! Loads and loads of malt, rich and warming, earthy, chocolatey flavors peek through, but the notes of smoke and tobacco become dominant. Profound. Rich,and thick, and continually smokey, though the main flavor is a suggestion of being encased inside a nut. This is a true American classic.
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 23, 2004
Batch 41. Very dark, chestnut brown. Thin, light brown head. Robust, very dark aroma of molasses, licorice, coffee, fruit (orange, plums, dates, raisins), smoke & slight lactose. Thick, chewy feel. Roasty flavour of molasses, licorice, milk chocolate, & coffee. Fresh & hoppy as well. DougShoemaker (3146) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 22, 2004
Batch #47. Rich caramel and mild coffee aromas, deep brown, small tan head. Bitter almond and treacle compliment each other well. Full bodied, satiny smooth, and dry. Superb!
Thanks again joey_capps!